Occupational therapists deal with a wide range of conditions
Your toddler may benefit from assessment by an Occupational Therapist if they present with signs of difficulty in the following areas:
Your toddler may have some delay in achieving their motor milestones. They may be late to walk, jump, run, climb playground apparatus and climb up and down stairs. You may notice that they fall, trip or bump into things more than other children of the same age. At nursery, they might watch their peers engage in physically challenging activities rather than joining in themselves. You may notice that they lack physical confidence. Occupational Therapy can help to build up body awareness, balance, strength co-ordination and control so that your toddler develops confidently. Sometimes a child experiences these difficulties due to a sensory processing difficulties, Occupational Therapy can assess and provide treatment to help a child integrate their senses and make more sense of the world around them.
Parents often worry about the transition from nursery school to big school. Occupational Therapy can help a child ‘get set for school’. By using a multisensory, hands on approach, they are able to help develop the foundation skills required for effective learning.
Your child may have been diagnosed with a condition that affects development such as Down syndrome or a genetic syndrome. Occupational Therapy can help to facilitate the development of motor skills and physical ability to enable the best possible integration into nursery and schooling.
As your Childs social and emotional development continues their ability to play and interact with others emerges. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders often struggle with this area. An Occupational Therapist can help facilitate play that helps a child interact and communicate with others.
Brain and Spinal Cord
Your child may have been diagnosed with a specific condition affecting the central nervous system such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus or Microcephaly. They may have had damage to the brain from an Acquired Brain Injury or illness, such as Meningitis. Brain and spinal cord tumours can also cause damage that affects movement and control. Therapists may use play, positioning and movement facilitation to optimise results.
Occupational Therapists can help provide advice on equipment to aid independence and improve positioning, they can also provide advice and treatment to facilitate independence in self care and play